. . . nothing good can come of it.
There’s a growing trend among journalists of co-authoring books with subjects they probably would be better off covering.
Exhibit Umpteen, from Sunday’s New York Times.
Rajiv Chandrasekaran is a senior correspondent and associate editor at the Washington Post. He’s done some serious investigative work (see this C-SPAN edition of Q&A). He’s also now Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz’s caddy.
Doesn’t seem right, does it?
The same goes for Boston Globe sports scribe Dan Shaughnessy, who collaborated with former Red Sox skipper Terry Francona on the wildly uncritical Francona: The Red Sox Years. (See Shaughnessy’s side of the story here.)
You can call this sour gripes that the hardworking staff has never gotten embed with a bio-worthy subject.
But really – shouldn’t we draw the (buy)line somewhere?